Mitcham Parish vicar from 19th July 1859 to ??????
Clip of Rev Wilson and his wife from Merton Memories photo 49808 17th July 1909. Copyright London Borough of Merton.
CANON KEEPS GOLDEN WEDDING VICAR OF MITCHAM 55 YEARS.
The Rev. D. F. Wilson, for the past 55 years vicar of Mitcham. and Mrs. Wilson celebrated their golden wedding on Tuesday. Mr Wilson is in his 84th year and both he and Mrs. Wilson are in very good health. Mr. Wilson still conducts the chief services, and social activities of his large parish. He is the chairman of the school managers, and is seldom absent from the meetings.
Canon Wilson became vicar of Mitcham in 1859, and when in July, 1909 he celebrated his jubilee all Mitcham united to do him honour. He has held the living longer than any of his predecessors, 45 in number, though two of them held it 45 years. The church was founded in 1291.
Canon Wilson has seen the population grow from 4,000 to 31,000, and three new churches built. He has also baptised the grandchildren of men whom he baptised in the same church.
Source: Gloucestershire Echo – Wednesday 28 January 1914 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)
Merton Memories photos
1909 the 50th anniversary as parish vicar
Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 13 March 1875
We regret to announce this week the death of T. W. Hamilton, Esq., M.D., which occurred at his residence at Mitcham, on Sunday last, at the age of 54 years, and after a short illness. The funeral took place on Wednesday last, at Mitcham churchyard, the deceased gentlemans remains being conveyed to the grave members of the police force. The Oddfellows were represented in the churchyard, and a large number of parishioners were also present for the purpose of testifying their respect for the deceased. The service having been performed the Rev. D. F. Wilson, the vicar, the body was consigned to its last resting place, the grave. Dr. Hamilton was for many years the principal medical practitioner in Mitcham, and his death has occasioned universal regret amongst all classes. Perhaps his loss will be felt most keenly by the poor, to whom he was endeared by many acts of kindness and benevolence, and with whom his memory will be ever sacred.
Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 28 October 1876
A second meeting of the promoters of the Hamilton Memorial Fund was held at Dr. Smith’s schoolroom, Upper Mitcham, on Thursday, the 19th inst, when communication from the vicar, Rev. D. F. Wilson, was read, suggesting that it should take the form of a stained window in the church, and an offer assisting liberally in raising additional subscriptions, but it was considered, after lengthened conversation, that the fund hitherto collected could not diverted from its purpose, namely to place a stone over the remains of the deceased doctor in the churchyard. A design in granite was then selected, at about the cost of and order given to Mr. R. Chart to erect it without delay.
clip from Merton Memories photo Canon Wilson’s Jubilee at Hall Place, Mitcham, reference Mit_People_136-2, copyright London Borough of Merton
1910 OS map
Inscription on panel about Hall Place:
This archway dates from the 14th century and was once the entrance to a private chapel inside Hall Place, a house first built in 1348 by the wine merchant Henry de Strete. It is thought that when the “Black Death” was at its peak, the private chapel was built so that the de Strete family could worship away from people most likely to pass on the disease. Many members of the clergy ministering to the poor also died during this time, leaving village churches without ministers.
Hall Place remained until the 19th century when William Worsfold, demolished the building, which was then in a state of decline and neglect.
In 1867 he began building a new house in its place, constructed in the Victorian Gothic Style which was fashionable at the time. This Victorian Hall Place passed through three generations of the Worsfolds family until the death of Cato Worsfold in 1936. His wife then agreed to sell the estate to developers to build houses but these plans were abandoned due to the outbreak of World War Two. After the war Surrey County Council acquired the estate and in the summer of 1949 Hall Place was demolished with only the Medieval archway remaining.
The site was left derelict for another 22 years before it was brought back into the life of the community, with the building of Ravensbury School, now our very own Cricket Green School, built in 1970.
Hall Place was demolished in 1949.
See also the Worsfold family.
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.